The semi supine and sitting in meditation gives the pupil an opportunity to experience a new alignment and integration of mind and body, allowing stillness to guide perception.
Why is stillness necessary?
Stillness creates space for feeling, sensing and experiencing, for knowing and awareness. Stillness is not a sensory experience, it is an awareness, a centredness. Stillness allows us to breathe.
What do you mean by “allows us to breathe”?
Breath changes the chemistry of the body. At a cellular level, we re-charge ourselves each and every time we draw breath. Our breath is often interfered with by the social circumstances surrounding us, we breathe too shallowly if we are concentrated at a desk, we gasp, snatch at our breath or hyper-ventilate if we are anxious or under pressure. These are the moments when stillness and attentive breathing can help us most, but instead we lose the natural flow of our breath – breath must have orientation of movement, which comes from direction. Once our breath has direction, deeper breathing and a re-energising of the organism result. Without direction, the mechanism of our body has less potential, decreasing our vitality and resulting in fatigue, listlessness and indecision or panic and anxiety. The importance of this work lies in developing an awareness of one’s body and the way in which one is using it.